Fall 2019 - EDUC 437 C900

Ethical Issues in Education (4)

Class Number: 9443

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units including 3 units in Education.



Ethical problems in education are identified and examined. Four major areas of concern are explored: 1. the normative character of education as a whole; 2. the justification of education; 3. ethical questions related to equality, autonomy, interpersonal relationships, and rights in education; 4. moral education and values education.


This course is designed to lead students through theoretical inquiries concerning the nature of ethics (E.g., What do we mean by ethics? What does being ethical entail? Why should we bother with or worry about ethics? Is being ethical obligation only or are there personal, practical benefits? Are there different conceptions of ethics?) and practical exploration of how to be/come ethical in everyday contexts of school, workplace, and home. This course is suitable for pre-service K-12 teachers, administrators, and educators in all walks of life, who are grappling with everyday ethical issues and confronting complexity of moral life personally and professionally. The course objective is the theory and practice of transformative learning. We will learn about ethics through our engagement in ethical discourse, and, most importantly, we will learn to become ethical in our personal and professional lives through reflection, cultivation, and practice. The course will be conducted and the assignments constructed in ways that will reflect this practice orientation.


  • Weekly Online Dialogue Participation 30%
  • i-change Project 60%
  • Final Reflection Letter 10%



No Textbook.

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

All  courses are delivered through Canvas unless noted otherwise on the course outline.

Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.

All CODE courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40

Exams are scheduled to be written on the SFU Burnaby campus at the noted time and date (unless noted as a take-home exam). 
If your course has a take-home exam, please refer to Canvas for further details. 

Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in your online delivery method, such as Canvas.

*Important Note for U.S. citizens: As per the U.S. Department of Education, programs offered in whole or in part through telecommunications, otherwise known as distance education or correspondence are ineligible for Federal Direct Loans. This also includes scenarios where students who take distance education courses outside of their loan period and pay for them with their own funding, and attempt to apply for future Federal Direct Loans. 

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Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html